Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang


(The Kiss Quotient, #2)

Helen Hoang


From the USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart…

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.



This book was amazing.


Khai’s mother has taken upon herself to find a wife for her son. At the rate he’s going he’s never going to get married. He’s autistic and because he doesn’t react like everyone else he has taken that to mean he can’t feel emotions like sadness or love. Convinced he lacks in those emotions he decides he shouldn’t be in a romantic relationship.

Khai’s mother has traveled to Vietnam to find the perfect girl for her youngest child. She chooses Esme who is biracial (Vietnamese and white). Esme lives with her young daughter, mother, and grandmother. In their female-centered family, Esme is a hard worker who helps support them.

Khai’s mother makes her an offer to Esme that is hard to refuse. Spend the summer in America winning her son’s heart and if that happens she can live happily ever after with him. If not she can return home to her family.

Esme is conflicted on this prospect but in the end, she decides to risk her summer away from home in hopes of finding a better life for her and her daughter.

THE BRIDE TEST is book 2 in The Kiss Quotient series. Even though it’s book 2 it can be read as a standalone. I loved the first book – The Kiss Quotient so much that as soon as the audible pre-order was made available last year I bought it. I loved listening to this book. The audio lacked the author’s note at the end of the story. To rectify not having the author’s note I recently received the paperback so I could read it and I’m so thankful did. It made this book even more special. ♥

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